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Old 26-06-2011, 07:44   #16
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One reason I posted this a few years back.


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Colgate has sailing schools in 3 locations around you, St. Pete, Captiva Island, and Ft. Myers.
They do and I looked into those and there sitting around 4 grand for the school. That's a bit to much...
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They do and I looked into those and there sitting around 4 grand for the school. That's a bit to much...
Do what I did... crew as much as possible, swot the theory, buy a sailable little (21-25ft) clunker you can fix as you play for hands on realism missed when crewing.... solo as much as you can...
Then apply and take the test... if you don't rush it you'll pass first time like me...its confidence in what you do thats looked at....
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Old 26-06-2011, 08:00   #19
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Thats's a good idea boatman61, I guess I could anchor it on a mooring, right? I can find a lot of those sizes arond here.
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That's all good stuff and I will get those books. I think this all like a drug, I want to learn more, I hope I can meet people at marinas with there sail boats and chat with them. The problem is we have so many snobs that most I have tried to talk with turn there back and say ask the dock master.
What ever it wont bring me down, I'm gonna finish the 2 books I have now and look for the other one you recommended. Then I will take the sailing school. I really want to learn the language and try to be as many steps ahead as I can befor I take the courses. What do you all think?
G'Day Drop...

Welcome to addiction. It is incurable, but fortunately this addiction has benefits for your health rather than ruining it!

Now, as to being snubbed by folks in marinas... I've never sailed in your area, but find your experience odd. Must be that you are looking in the wrong marinas. Go to ones where cruisers hang out rather than folks with big new "dock queens". I have hardly ever met a cruising yottie that wouldn't stop and chat about his boat or life style. Ann and I have spent countless hours talking to newbies, and have made some good friends this way. I'm sure that some CF members in the area can tell you where to go to find the friendly sorts of sailors.

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Thats's a good idea boatman61, I guess I could anchor it on a mooring, right? I can find a lot of those sizes arond here.
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Moorings; permanant set up for a boat in a fixed location...
One puts their boat on a mooring..
Anchor; Usually found at the front (bow) of the boat...
a temporary/portable version of the above... One anchors a boat.
Just joshing... you'll get there... just don't sweat when...
you've a new language to learn and thats a lot harder than the actual sailing....lmao
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Old 26-06-2011, 08:15   #22
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Tomorrow I am going to another marina in the Bradenton area. I think it's more up my alley.
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Lesson 1/
Terminology;
Moorings; permanant set up for a boat in a fixed location...
One puts their boat on a mooring..
Anchor; Usually found at the front (bow) of the boat...
a temporary/portable version of the above... One anchors a boat.
Just joshing... you'll get there... just don't sweat when...
you've a new language to learn and thats a lot harder than the actual sailing....lmao
Well it's cheaper then docking it. Especially if I choose to fix and sail. I see people doing it out in our marina area...
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Well it's cheaper then docking it. Especially if I choose to fix and sail. I see people doing it out in our marina area...
See... your on the 'learning curve' already....
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Welcome aboard dropanchor. The sailing for dummies is a good book. That was my first book. It and a 25 foot boat go well together. I warn you though, once you start you can not stop. We now live on ours. By the way, learning is one of the funnest parts of sailing.
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Welcome aboard dropanchor. The sailing for dummies is a good book. That was my first book. It and a 25 foot boat go well together. I warn you though, once you start you can not stop. We now live on ours. By the way, learning is one of the funnest parts of sailing.
I think your all right, starting small and getting the hang of sailing first and keeping sailing books on board as well for learning. Then move to a bigger sail boat.
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Dropanchorfor3 go join the sarasota sailing squadron. If that doesn't work out come on up to apollo beach to the tampa sailing squadron. We just became members of Tss and they are terrific but if you are closer to sarasota try them. Welcome aboard.
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Surely there is a location that you could rent a Hobie cat for a few hours and they probably will show you a few sailing tricks as well. You can get the feel and if you fly a hull you will be hooked even more. I started sailing Hobie cats in 1962 and dreamed of a bigger boat back then.
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See... your on the 'learning curve' already....
Smart a##. LOL,
Your right thow, it does make sence. Well time to read, Thanks all, and by the way the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 20 minutes from me or so. Didn't even think of it and I've been there before servicing there a/c's. What a dork I am, this site is rad, yeah I said rad.
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Dropanchorfor3 go join the sarasota sailing squadron. If that doesn't work out come on up to apollo beach to the tampa sailing squadron. We just became members of Tss and they are terrific but if you are closer to sarasota try them. Welcome aboard.
http://www.sarabaysailing.com/courses.html

Are your prices in Tampa the same as Sarasota. I think this might work, I am curious to hear from this forum of sailors what they think. I went and checked it out, and really liked it...
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